Amuse Bouche by Kelly Maher
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Length: Short Story (47 pages)
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation
Two chefs who strike sparks off each other. A secluded retreat. A competition they must work together in order to win. It’s a recipe for hot times in the kitchen.
Liana Richardson had her eye on Tommy Howard back in culinary school, but since she was in a committed relationship, she never made a move. Tommy had his eye on her too, and now he’s seized his chance to show her the kitchen isn’t the only place where she sizzles.
If you don't fall in love with this hunky chef, then the kitchen must be stone cold! He's everything a hot-blooded woman could want. So, what is this ultra strong and independent woman waiting for? Could that take-charge exterior be hiding cold feet?
Tommy, television chef and hot bodied bachelor, is ready for the romance and commitment of his life. He has waited years for the chance to make that all-important claim on his seemingly uninterested kitchen assistant, Liana. Setting the stage for his success, the sexy cook has arranged for a weekend away in a forest hideaway to work on the ultimate menu to win the chef's competition they are there to work on. But no matter how romantic the setting -- candles, silk comforter, excellent wine, this cool confident lady is all business.
Liana is a woman of strength and confidence who, after spending years single and totally alone, is not thinking about a serious relationship. She starts off cool, with a mild streak of domination, but heats up to 'can't-touch-that', burnin' hot after some steamy kissing and petting from a very convincing Tommy. The sex scenes in this story are amazing in scorching description. Tommy is a sensitive and creative lover with the intelligence and affection that wins the hesitant heroine's heart. Oh, yeah....and he's so flaming hot, who could fail to fall into bed, or love with him?
I really enjoyed the pace and the upbeat, fresh work of this writer. Several times I found myself smiling and chuckling at the details and dialog. I recommend this burnin' hot, but still sweet, and lively story and plan to read more of this author myself.